Arrive and drive at Al Ain Raceway
Grab some friends for a hassle-free, good-value race around the tracks in rental karts. Call ahead at least 24 hours in advance to confirm your booking.
From Dhs100 for 15 minutes. Ongoing. Al Ain Raceway, Al Ain (03 768 6662).
Attend the Dubai Showjumping Championship
Riders compete for qualifying points for the FEI World Cup Showjumping at this event, which takes place over three days. There will be family entertainment throughout, including pony rides and face painting.
Free. 11.30am-7pm. Dubai International Endurance City (050 553 7986).
Put your best foot forward with a beginner’s fencing lesson
Seeking a new hobby for the new year? Try a group fencing session at MK Fencing Academy, where all fencing equipment will be provided for the first three months of the programme.
Also on Mondays 7.30pm-8.30pm and Wednesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm. Dhs60 per 60-minute session. 7.30pm-8.30pm. MK Fencing Academy, Jumeirah Beach Road (050 794 4190).
Book a surfing lesson with Surf Dubai
Experience the thrill of surfing the Arabian Gulf with Surf Dubai, which offers private lessons seven days a week and group sessions at weekends.
From Dhs125 for express sessions. 8am-5pm. Ongoing. Surf Dubai, Umm Suqeim Beach (050 504 3020).
Go rock climbing
Join the group for either one or two days of rock climbing. There’s an overnight camp for those who sign up for the full weekened, and all climbing and camping gear is provided. Just bring a packed lunch for the first day, a sleeping bag, mattress and climbing shoes – trainers are fine for beginners.
Dhs450 one day, Dhs850 both days. Timings TBC. Arabia Outdoors, Dubai Creek (055 955 6209).
Head out on the Hatta Copper Hike
This moderate hike winds up a wadi, passing the remains of old copper works, while a second wadi provides the descent passage back to the cars.
Dhs150 per person. Timings TBC. Arabia Outdoors, Dubai Creek (055 955 6209).
Learn to swing at Emirates Golf Club
Always wanted to try golf but never got round to it? Emirates Golf Club has introduced a weekly hour-long introductory session, open to men and women aged 18 and above. Each week, the club’s PGF professionals will teach the basics of the game and introduce you to the driving range.
Dhs80. 3pm-4pm. The Academy, Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 380 2222).
Take an IYT Personal Watercraft Master course
This one-day course is designed to help you meet the requirements for safe PWC operations and covers being a responsible rider in charge of a PWC (a jetski, for example) and passengers within 20 miles of a safe haven, in fair weather. The practical training uses a Williams Tender or similar berthed in Dubai International Marine Club.
Dhs1,500. Ongoing. Marine Concept, Al Barsha Business Centre, www.marine-charter-concept.com (055 960 3030).
F1-style single-seater experience
Try the ultimate race experience and feel the adrenaline as you’re strapped in to the 180bhp single-seater for the ride of a lifetime. You’ll be given a full briefing by professional instructors before being put through your paces. You must have manual transmission experience and a valid UAE or international driver’s licence.
Dhs875. Sessions available from 9.05am. Dubai Autodrome, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).
Take a trip to Umm Al Quwain and kayak in alternative surroundings
Noukhada Adventure offers regular kayaking tours to Umm Al Quwain. It’s a great way to tone your arms and strengthen your core, without the sit-ups and press-ups, and the view is far better than the inside of a gym.
Dhs200 per person. Daily 7am and 4pm starts. Ongoing. www.noukhada.ae, email@example.com (050 721 8928).
Go riding in the desert with Mushrif Equestrian Club
Riders of all ages and capabilities are catered for at this riding club, with three arenas for lessons, jumping and dressage, and 1,300 acres of natural parkland to ride around.
Dhs300 for 90-minute desert ride, Dhs450 introduction package of four 30-minute private lessons. Open 8am-11am, 3pm-8pm. Mushrif Park (04 257 1256).
Have an adventure with a desert balloon ride
Now that the weather is cooler, why not watch the sun rise over the desert from a hot air balloon? Balloon Adventures Emirates’ packages include pick-up and drop-off in Dubai.
Dhs950; Dhs800 (kids aged five to 12). www.ballooning.ae (04 285 4949).
Tour the Meydan stables
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of thoroughbred racing after a buffet breakfast with a 90-minute tour of the stables, and have the chance to see the horses being fed and exercised. Also available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Dhs250 for adults, Dhs200 for children, includes buffet breakfast. Breakfast from 8am, tour starts 9am.
Ongoing. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3375).
Experience a night dive off Jumeirah Beach
Explore Dubai’s underwater nightlife. Open to those with Padi Advanced Open Water certification or above, this twice-weekly dive lasts 45 minutes and follows the reef off Jumeirah Beach.
Dhs150 including tank and weights, Dhs250 including dive kit. Mon and Wed 5.30pm-8.30pm. Ongoing. Al Boom Diving, Jumeirah (04 342 2993).
Learn how to skate at The Rage Bowl
Skating isn’t just for kids, though if it’s your first time you may want to invest in some knee and elbow pads. Get lessons every day between 4pm-6pm, or skate for free from Sunday to Wednesday, 6pm-8pm.
Dhs25 for two hours. Rage, The Dubai Mall (04 434 1549).
Sign up for the beginners’ academy package at The Montgomerie
Take up golf this winter with the beginners’ academy package – a complete programme that includes 10 45-minute introduction to golf and player development sessions, four 90-minute weekday playing lessons on the course and much more.
Dhs9,750. Ongoing. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Try adult football at the Carlton Palmer Academy
The young people’s training academy is now running football coaching sessions for adults. If you don’t have a team, you can be placed in one.
Dhs60 per person. 7.15pm-8.15pm. Ongoing. The Carlton Palmer Football Academy, Repton School, Nad Al Sheba 3 (050 284 5061).
AIDA freediving course
Learn to freedive by joining this AIDA one-start-certification course. It involves two evenings of theory, one evening in the pool and one day of freediving in Fujairah, overseen by Al Boom Diving’s instructor, Sara-Lise.
Dhs2,350. Times vary. Ongoing. Al Boom Diving, Al Wasl Road, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 342 2993).
Join the Nike+ Running Club
The Nike+ Run Club Dubai returns for another season, with two training sessions each week, and professional coaches from PTX Performance Training on hand to provide tuition. Also on Fridays at Burj Park Island at 8am
Free. 7pm. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City, www.facebook.com/nikerunningmiddleeast.
Sign up for polo lessons
Lessons are now available for all levels at the club, whether you’re a first-time novice or a more experienced rider simply aiming to brush up your skills. Dhs770 for individual lessons, Dhs550 per person for group lessons.
Mon-Sat 6am-10am, 3pm-6pm. Ongoing. Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (050 887 9847).
Go on a dune buggy safari with Desert Rangers
Choose either a morning or afternoon excursion into the desert, where you’ll get the chance to race buggies over the orange dunes of the Dubai desert. It’s an exhilarating experience – just be prepared to get sand absolutely everywhere. Pick-up available.
Dhs325 for 45-minute buggy session, Dhs425 for 60 minutes. From 8.30am or 2.30pm. Desert Rangers (050 276 8111).
Improve your game with cardio tennis sessions
Clark Francis Tennis offers intensive sessions where you’ll improve your footwork and strengthen key muscle groups by training on a specially designed circuit. Expect to leave utterly breathless.
Also on Sundays. Dhs75. From 8pm. Ongoing. Clark Francis Tennis, The Aviation Club, Garhoud (050 685 8304).